The Bunny visits Chatham Gardens and Burnam Woods Apartments

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What a great time everyone had at Chatham Gardens Spring Fling yesterday, especially the kids. They enjoyed the crafts and the snacks, but especially enjoyed hanging out with the Chatham Bunny and getting their picture taken with him. If you weren’t able to join us, then please look at all of our pictures here and be sure to attend our next event. Keep checking our facebook page and notices on your building for future events.

Chatham crafting

Chatham crafting

 

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A fun time was had by all at Burnam Woods Apartments yesterday for our Spring Event. The kids got their picture taken with the Burnam Bunny while their parents participated in our raffles and collected information from State Farm, Verizon and Comcast. Everyone enjoyed pizza, salad and lots of candy while talking with their neighbors. If you weren’t able to join us, then please look at all of our pictures here and be sure to attend our next event. Keep checking our facebook page and notices on your building for future events.

Stephanie won $50 gift card from State Farm

Stephanie won $50 gift card from State Farm

Residents of Old Orchard Apartments, remember to stop by the leasing office and guess how many jelly beans are in the jar for your chance to win a $50. gift card.

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Maintenance Monday – snow safety

We are a week away from April and having our biggest snow storm of the year! Four inches and counting, and it is supposed to continue snowing throughout the day. Please be careful out there. Watch for the plow trucks while pulling out of your parking spot and while driving through courts.

photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza

photo by Chatham resident Marguerite Buzza

Here are some safety tips for walking in the snow and ice:

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles such as rubber
and neoprene composite. Slick leather or plastic soles on
shoes will definitely increase the risk of slipping.
2. When getting out of your vehicle, look down at the
surface. If it’s coated with ice you might want to park in a
different place.
3. Use special care when entering or exiting Vehicles, use
the vehicle for support. Before standing brace yourself with the vehicle door and
seat back, this will give you some stability.
4. Step – Don’t jump from vehicles and equipment.
5. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces the ability to use
your arms for balance if you do slip.
6. Take short shuffling steps in very icy areas.
7. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes, cases or purses that
may cause you to lose your balance when you are walking.
8. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.
9. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Avoid curbs with ice on them.
10. Place your full attention on walking. Digging in your pocketbook or backpack
while walking on ice is dangerous.
11. Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
12. Keep walkways clear of debris, water, ice and slippery mate

Celebrate Spring with Century Corp

Burnam Woods Apartments

Burnam Woods Apartments

Spring is finally upon us! Sunshine, warm temperatures, baseball, flowers and bunnies. Next week Century Corp will be celebrating Spring with its residents at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens, and Old Orchard Apartments. On Wednesday March 27th from 5 to 7 pm, residents of Burnam Woods Apartments can get their picture taken with the Burnam Woods Bunny in the leasing office and then enjoy free food, free crafts, free give-a-ways, face painting and games. The follow evening Thursday March 28th from 5 to 7 pm residents of Chatham Gardens Apartments can get their picture taken with the Chatham Bunny in the leasing office and then enjoy snacks and drinks while decorating bunny eggs. On March 25th through April 8th, there will be a Jelly Bean Contest at Old Orchard Apartments. Residents can hop into the leasing office and guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. The resident who is closest without going over will win a $50 gift card. Make sure you’re confident with your guess because you can only enter one time. Good luck!

Chatham Gardens Apartments

Chatham Gardens Apartments

Old Orchard Apartments

Old Orchard Apartments

Maintenance Monday – use a walnut to cover up dings in wooden furniture

This week’s Maintenance Monday tip brought to you by Apartment Therapy – Use a Walnut to Cover Up Dings in Wooden Furniture:
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What You Need

Ingredients [OR] Materials
dinged up wood furniture
one walnut

Instructions

1. Identify areas of your wooden furniture that are unsightly because they have been bumped or scraped.

2. Get your walnut.

3. Rub the walnut on the damaged area.

4. Watch in amazement as the damaged area begins to darken.

5. Step back and admire your work. Hey, you didn’t even break a sweat!

You Don’t Have to be Irish to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

There are many, many places in Maryland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday – and you don’t have to be Irish! As luck would have it, some of the best St. Patrick’s Day parties are within minutes of our apartments at Old Orchard, Burnam Woods, and Chatham Gardens. Down the road from Old Orchard Apartments in Catonsville there are two great celebrations. Caton Tavern on Edmonson Ave is having an Irish band and drink specials. Jennings Cafe on Frederick Road is having their famous Corned Beef and Cabbage for just $3.17.

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This Sunday March 17th there are three great St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at The Avenue at White Marsh across the street from Burnam Woods Apartments. Della Rose’s Saint Patrick’s Day Party features live music with Jenny Stephens from 3 – 6, Louie V. From 6 – 9, and Dj Cabbage Breath from 9 – close. There will be Homemade Corned Beef & Cabbage, $5 Car Bombs, $5 Irish Coffee, $5 Green Jug Love, and a House Specialty St. Pat’s Day Cocktail. St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at Red Brick Station starts at 9am with Corned Beef Hash & Eggs breakfast and $2 Stouts. St. Patrick’s Day at the Kilt (the Tilted Kilt) starts at 8am.

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Just a couple of miles from Chatham Gardens Apartments is The 8th Annual Historic Ellicott City St. Patrick’s Day Irish Stroll. It is a pub crawl through Historic Ellicott City complete with bagpiper, featuring seven bars (Cocoa Lane, Diamond Back Tavern, Ellicott Mills Brewery, Judges Bench, La Palapa Grill & Cantina, Phoenix Emporium, Trolley Stop). La Palapa will feature a Jameson/Miller Lite OUTDOOR heated tent with music from 12pm-close. Register at the Jameson & Miller Lite tents located along Main Street on Sunday March 17th starting at 11am. A $5 donation to “Voices for Children” gets you an 8th Annual Historic Ellicott City bar crawl T-Shirt, Miller Lite lanyard, $3 Miller Lite, $4 Jameson’s at all of the participating bars, and a chance to win opening day tickets from Miller-Coors.

Where will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Maintenance Monday – kitchen tools

This week’s Maintenance Monday tip is brought to you by Love to Know Safety:

Kitchen Tools

Utensil Drawer

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There’s a utensil drawer in every kitchen, filled with forks, knives and other sharp objects that could potentially result in puncture injuries if not stored properly and handled with care.

  • Place all sharp items so that the sharp edges are pointing away from where they are likely to poke family members as they reach into the drawer.
  • Keep the drawer organized the same way so someone doesn’t accidentally reach for a spoon and wind up with the blade of a knife.
  • Avoid storing so many items in the drawer that the clutter makes it difficult to see sharp utensils.

Knives

Knives

Knives are among the most common kitchen hazards, particularly if they are not stored properly.

  • Store your sharpest knives separate from the utensil drawer, either in a knife block or case.
  • Keep the knife block out of reach of children, and put it in a safe place where it won’t get knocked over.
  • When storing knives in blocks, be sure that the handles are positioned so that they can be gripped easily.
  • Place the blade of the knife in the block with the sharp side pointing up. This will help preserve the edges, as well as make it easy for household members to know what to expect when pulling out a knife.
  • Knife cases should be firmly sealed so there’s no risk of knives accidentally being exposed.

Spring Forward into Daylight Savings Time

This Sunday March 10th at 2am we are supposed to set our clocks forward one hour to start Daylight Savings Time. Luckily these days most of our clocks change time automatically. Our computers, cell phones, cable boxes and some alarm clocks automatically change their own time, so we just have to worry about changing the time on our microwaves and ovens. But even more worrisome is the fact that we have to change the time at all. Isn’t time something that is a fact, a static measurement? How can we arbitrarily change what time it is? And not only do we change the time, we have changed when we change the time. Daylight Savings Time used to start in April, but now it starts a month earlier.

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set your clocks forward 1 hour

Here are 5 facts about Daylight Savings Time according to Yahoo News:

When is it?
The time change begins on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., when clocks are moved forward by one hour.

Why 2 a.m.?
The time change is set for 2 a.m. because it was decided to be the least disruptive time of day. Moving time forward or back an hour at that time doesn’t change the date, which avoids confusion, and most people are asleep, or if people do work on a Sunday, it’s usually later than 2 a.m.

Do all states observe daylight saving time?
Hawaii and most of Arizona don’t observe the time change. U.S. territories that don’t go on daylight saving time include American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Why do we have it?
The idea is to save electricity because there are more hours of natural light. Studies have shown the savings to be fairly nominal—the time change leading people to switch on the lights earlier in the morning instead or cranking up the air conditioning, for example.

What is the history of daylight saving time?
Fun fact: The idea was first floated in 1784 by one Benjamin Franklin. While minister of France, he wrote the essay “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.”

The idea failed to see the light of day until 1883, when the U.S. railroads instituted a standardized time for their train schedules. That time change was imposed nationally during the First World War to conserve energy, but it was repealed after the war. It became the national time again during World War II.

After that, it was up to the states to decide if they wanted it, and when it would start and end. Congress finally enacted the Uniform Time Act in 1966, which standardized the beginning and end of daylight time for the states that observed it. In 1974 and 1975, the energy crisis moved Congress to enact earlier daylight start times, which were reversed when the crisis was over.

Daylight saving time since then had always been in April—until the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ordered the earlier start time to begin in March 2007.

Maintenance Monday – the safe way to use electrical cords

Are you tripping over a maze of electrical cords in your apartment? If you answered Yes, then keep reading to find out the safe way to set up those cords to prevent falls and fires.

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Every electrical appliance has a cord, and many homes use extension cords to increase the range of electrical outlets. These safety tips can help keep cords in good condition for safe operation:

Check cords regularly for frays, cracks or kinks, including power tool cords, holiday lights and extension cords. The Canadian Center for Occupational Safety suggests doing this before each use.

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Cords are not jump ropes, clothes lines or leashes, and should never be used for anything other than their intended purpose.Cords should be firmly plugged into outlets – if the cord is loose and can pull out easily, choose a different, more snug outlet.

Do not staple or nail cords in position at any time; if the cord does not remain where desired, use tape or twist ties to secure it.

Cords should not be placed beneath rugs where they can become a trip hazard or where frays will not be noticeable. Furthermore, covering a cord will prevent it from keeping as cool as possible.

Do not make modifications to a cord’s plug at any time – do not clip off the third prong or attempt to file down a wider prong to fit in a different outlet.

Extension cords are a temporary solution only, and their use should be minimized whenever possible.

Use the proper weight and length of extension cord for the appropriate task, and be sure the cord is rated for indoor or outdoor use, whichever is required.

When unplugging a cord, pull on the cord at the outlet rather than tug on the cord itself.

This week’s Maintenance Monday tip is brought to you by Love To Know.